When Daytime Emmy nominations were announced Wednesday on The View, the CBS sudsers led the pack with 29 nominations to ABC's 12 in the major soap-opera categories. After an annus horribilis of budget slashing and cast cuts, there was finally good news for Guiding Light: TV's longest-running serial — which just turned 69 — will vie for best soap honors with As the World Turns, General Hospital and Young and the Restless. GL also scored the most acting nods, with a total of nine!
Speaking of suds thesps, many of the usual suspects were nominated, including Bold and Beautiful matriarch Susan Flannery, GH tough guys Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary, and GL diva Kim Zimmer. But Emmy also honored some newbies, such as One Life to Live's Renee Goldsberry, whose recognition was long overdue.
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Scoop! The Young and the Restless cast and crew gathered on the set this week to share a farewell cake for soap vet Jerry Douglas. TVGuide.com has learned that Douglas, 73 — who has played Jabot Cosmetics tycoon John Abbott since 1982 — was let go due to a story-line-dictated twist.
As viewers know, John shot the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born
) and refuses to allow his daughter Ashley (Eileen Davidson
) to cover for him by taking the murder rap. What will be the Abbott patriarch's reward for ridding Genoa City of human scum? A seven-year prison sentence. Although it's sad to see this beloved pro go, Douglas has been woefully underused for years. At least Y&R
is sending him and his classy character out with a bang!
Those who read Eric Braeden's candid interview on Friday know how passionate he is about his role as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. As hinted last week, the soap vet also aims to get back on the big screen. "I am planning to make a revenge picture," Braeden reveals exclusively to TVGuide.com. "I will produce and act in it as well. When that becomes a reality, meaning when the money is there to bankroll it, I will gladly talk to you again." And I'll be glad to pass on the dish to our loyal readers!
Another World alum Stephen Schnetzer (Cass Winthrop) returns to As the World Turns this Thursday, Feb. 2. He'll give Jennifer bad news about her not-so-dead brother, Paul.... Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) comes back to The Young and the Restless on March 1. Traci will be in Genoa City to support her troubled papa, John, and share scenes with the new actress playing her daughter, Colleen.... Susan Lucci and many other suds stars from All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live will perform on stage in ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Feb. 6 in New York City. Plenty of tickets are still available at broadwaycares.org for this worthy event.
Trevor St. John, One Life to Live and Kristoff St. John, The Young and the Restless
Scoop! Although Kristoff St. John's contract negotiations got unusually close to the wire, the Young and the Restless star — who has played Neil Winters since 1991 — tells TVGuide.com he is now "committed to three more years in Genoa City."
As viewers saw last week, Yolanda (Chene Lawson) abruptly skipped town after Neil rebuffed her seduction attempt. (Basically, the recovering crackhead dropped her towel, and the very married Mr. Winters insisted she put it back on and check herself!) For his part, St. John feels relieved that Y&R's writers changed their minds about playing out an infidelity scenario. "It would have been very disrespectful for Neil to step out on Dru with their foster son's mother," he says. "Neil has too much dignity and integrity for that."
Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless
Outspoken Young and the Restless superstar Eric Braeden made no secret of his displeasure with Victor Newman's story line — or lack thereof — during the past year. But it's 2006, and the Daytime Emmy winner is tentatively optimistic that his sidelined character could become a titan with teeth once again. In this exclusive interview with TVGuide.com, Braeden frankly shares his current feelings about the role he's played for 25 years. But read carefully, suds fans: It's what this gentleman says between the lines that's most telling!
TVGuide.com: Last year, you expressed unhappiness with your Y&R role in the soap press. Have the show's producers talked with you about this?
Eric Braeden: Not really. They're working on things, as far as I know. What can I tell you? I'm sure it will right itself again.
TVGuide.com: From what I know of upcoming plotlines, Victor's story prospects are looking up.
Braeden: Yes. It's high t
The world of daytime drama has lost its lion king. William J. Bell, the groundbreaking, taboo-busting mastermind behind CBS' The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, died April 29 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 78. Bell cocreated both shows with his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, and is credited with writing and producing some 15,000 soap episodes in a four-decade career.
His slow, hypnotic storytelling style was rooted in romance and family, but Bell also embraced controversy with landmark plots about crack babies, AIDS, incest, date rape, euthanasia and homelessness.
Bell was just as audacious off camera: He was a tough and supremely confident showman who paid no mind to focus-group research and tolerated no interference from the CBS "suits." In exchange for that autonomy, he gave the network two wildly popular cash cows: Y&R, now in its 32nd year, has been the No. 1 soap since 1988. The 18
Actress Susan Walters played man-eating architect Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless, where she stole her ex's frozen sperm, then burned her own home down and framed her rival for arson — all in the name of obsessive love. Next up, she's the foster mom to a teenage female hellspawn in Fox's new nighttime spook-sudser, Point Pleasant, debuting Jan. 20. Here, the 41-year-old Walters — who's the real-life wife of Melrose Place and Y&R alum Linden Ashby — dishes her fabulously soapy career.TV Guide Online: With apologies to Alex Donnelley, who originated the Y&R role back in 1982, your Diane was more... youthful. Isn't it odd when soaps recast roles with younger actors? It's like a time warp!Susan Walters: [Chuckles] People on the show were very complimentary to me. We'll just leave it at that. I think the other actress felt I was cast on my similarity to how she
Unfortunately for Big Brother 5's Marvin Latimer, the same qualities that made him a great TV presence also made him a good number of enemies. Both a gamer and a playa, the self-proclaimed ladies' man made his female housemates uncomfortable by flirting incessantly; his status as a rogue male had the same effect on the Four Horsemen's boys' club. (Even he must now realize that he was the fall guy in the shaky Santa Monica Van Boy alliance he formed with Jase, Scott, Michael and Drew.) But perhaps his most egregious offense against the unwritten rules of conduct for Big Brother contestants was tellin' it like it was. (If there's any justice in the world of reality television, evil twin Adria is still licking her wounds after the tongue-lashing he delivered upon her ouster.) Mind you, we at TV Guide Online can handle the truth. So, before Marvin got sequestered in the jury house, we got the lowdown on his two-faced roomies.
This fall on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria plays Gabrielle, an unhappy young trophy wife who's steaming up the sheets with her teenaged pool boy. But the 29-year-old actress — best known as jealous schemer Isabella on The Young and the Restless — feels anything but desperate these days. As part of an ensemble that includes Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, Longoria says, "I love going to work. I pinch myself every day." Here, the ex-soap starlet talks about taking her shot at the big leagues.
TV Guide Online: Were you intimidated to suddenly find yourself working with those famous prime-time actresses?Eva Longoria: I was terrified coming in! These women have been in prime time for a long time. Everybody knows Marcia's [Melrose Place] character, everybody knows Teri's [Lois & Clark] character. Everybody knows Felicity is a talented, talented actress [from Sports Night